The proprietary membrane (Hydroshell Elite Pro) performs well in the wet, breathes adequately, and is solid enough for winter sports. Features include an excellent helmet friendly hood with wire brim, bicep pocket, internal pocket and venting chest pockets. The hood is great for hiding from horizontal rain but the mesh lined pockets could be a point of water ingress, making it more of an alpine/ski shell than a full Scottish “winter ming” outfit. The matt finish looks good and is abrasion resistant, with reinforced panels across the shoulders and lower back. There are a lot of seams, but the cut provides ample freedom to move. It isn’t a super light option at 540g.
VERDICT: A tough mountain performer at a competitive price.
BEST FOR: Best for: Winter walking and snow sports.
Review by Lucy Wallace @